Thursday, April 28, 2011

I Booked My First Job!

That's right! I will be going to Kansas next month to shoot for a graphic design company! I'm so excited :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Big Day!

I might have a photography shoot in Kansas IF I do well today. I am taking pictures for my uncle so he can see how I do in low lighting. I'm doing my test shoot today to see how I do: wish me luck!!

Heres one from my last shoot:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Want to Know What... Phlebitis. I have it going up and down my leg. It hurts and my vein feels like its going to burst out of my leg. Not cute, nor fun. awesome? I'm going to a local history center to take pictures for my uncle. He works at a graphic design studio and I might be taking pictures for them at a design they made in Oklahoma. I am soo excited! I am going to be studying dim lighting photography all day so that I can do my very best tomorrow. stressful? Finals are one their way and I've been working like crazy to get all of my stuff done. Luckily I don't work until friday so that will help to get things done. There is just so much to do! new? MISTER IS RANKING UP!!! Yup, sooo excited for my baby. In a few days I will be the fiance of a Corporal :) old? The weather we've been experiencing here in Minnesota. It just will not become spring. The warm weather has to come soon. Keeping my fingers crossed. One good sign, the grass is getting really green and buds on plants are coming, it's getting close!

Also, all the changes that are already happening wth Mister's upcoming deployment. It's coming up and it's changed about 5 times. Got to love the Marine Corps! It comes as no surprise though. I knew that's how things just are, "Always changing!" sad? My grandpa is in the hospital and isn't doing very well. We're hoping that he's going to be able to make it through but the doctors don't think it is looking good. He is a strong man though and has already proved to live longer than they expected. He is an amazing person and true example of what a real man is like. I wish you all had the pleasure of knowing him.

...I've missed? Writing in my blog. I'll write again soon!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Photo Shoot Sneak Peak!

Just thought I would post some pictures from a photo shoot I had earlier today. The portraits are of my best friend. I'll post more soon, but I'd love to hear what you think!

Friday, April 15, 2011


This past week has been extremely busy for me. Mister was training all week so I took the time away {as in not able to skype} to get homework done and prepare for upcoming finals {gross!}. I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted, but I at least made a dent in it. Now, I'm just sitting here... not even wanting to move I'm just that tired. I'm actually contemplating about sleeping on the couch just so I don't have to get up. Lazy? Maybe. At this moment I don't really care.

Past week updates:
-Rash on legs from Avon product is finally gone! Took a little while, but it's all gone. Phew!
-The photoshoot I was suppose to have ended up getting postponed until later this coming week. I was so bummed, but it's going to happen so right now I just need to focus on my homework.

I'm about to pass out so good night bloggy land.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Photo Shoot!!!

I'm having my first photo shoot in a couple of hours and I am SO EXCITED! My friend said that she would stand in as a model for some portrait pictures so that I can start showing what I can do. At the moment, I only have fine art images so showing what I'm capable of doing with portraits will be a great first step to success! Yes, I said it: success.

I can't wait to share all the final pictures with you!

Stay tuned!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Something to Keep Me Sane

How things can go from great to horrible is beyond me. What’s sad is that I’ve been sitting at my computer for the last 8 hours waiting for someone to contact me and still nothing. I’m driving myself nuts. I wish I could publicly fill you all in on everything, but this is to be kept private. Not even my closest friends know and I’m thinking it’s going to have to stay that way for at least another week. Who knows, maybe I’ll just end up keeping my mouth shut.

You know what feeling I hate? The one when your stomach feels like it’s in knots.

I would post this message as it is, but I want to keep busy. I think that’s what people say to do when you’re waiting for something or trying to keep your mind off a worry. So the continuing of this post moves on {sorry in advance for any randomness}.

Something New I Love:
Chocolate covered strawberries. Not just any chocolate covered strawberries, but white chocolate covered ones! I never realized how good they are! There is an added sweetness to them that I’ve been missing out on. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my regular chocolate covered berries, but a white one every now and then will not hurt me.

Something New I Dislike:
Facebook. Yes, I went there. The only thing I somewhat enjoy about it is the fact that it can keep those far away in touch. It’s not very useful for me though anymore. All the friends I used to keep in contact with via internet, I don’t talk to anymore. Right now, I wish I could delete it, but my pictures are on there and I think that would be a poor decision business wise. Maybe once my business is fully up, I’ll delete my personal one and live off a business profile. That way I don’t have to deal with its stupidness.

Something New I Learned:
Our government does not know how to budget money. Huh, who knew?!

Well, it’s official. I’ve ran out of “something’s” to talk about. I suppose I should pick up my room or try out the new tea that I bought last week. This could turn into a very productive week if I actually put the “keep busy” rule into practice.

Jessica Harp

My prayers go out to you! You are not alone hun and if you need anything let me know. I'm so thankful that you are safe and pray that you get all the help you need.

Keeping you in my thoughts...

Question That Popped Into My Mind

There is a book called So Long Insecurities by Beth Moore that I absolutely loved reading. It put a lot of things into perspective and I would reccommend it to any woman! In the book she had mentioned a story of her friend who found out some information about her boyfriend. The girl broke up with him, but then continued to snoop through his stuff where she continued to learn more and more. Beth Moore goes on to say that God is keeping you from things he knows would break your heart. The girl didn't need to know everything that she found out. If she would have just broken up with him and didn't snoop, she would have saved her heart a lot of heartache.

So my question is, when one decides to snoop through someones emial/facebook/etc, is this a way of basically asking for it? I mean, the saying goes something like if you snoop, you'll find something, but honestly how accurate is that? Shouldn't it be that if someone snooped that they shouldnt have to find anything because there is nothing bad there? I could have Mister look through all of my stuff, but there is nothing that he would come across that would upset him. That's not because I'm a sneaky person and went deleting everything - it's because I don't have anything to hide!

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Vacation in a Room

Is it weird that when I {hopefully} visit Mister in May that all I want to do is stay locked up in a room and only go outside to have a nice dinner or to go for a walk? The beach would be wonderful as well now that I think of it. I just want a weekend where him and I can just enjoy each others company. No schedule, no visiting people, no list of "things-to-do". I just want a weekend to ourselves to be a normal engaged couple.

I think back on the times we've been with one another and everything is SO rushed. When he comes home for leave we're pulled in every direction possible. I never complain about it. I want to see him, just like every one else does. In fact, I get more time with him on Skype and what not than most people, so there is no reason to complain.

I just need time with him. I need a relaxing weekend together. I need us to have no plans and just do whatever we feel like. I need him.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

One Product I'll NEVER Use Again - Skin So Soft by Avon

Growing up in a northern state, one doesnt get as much sun as those in the south. It's just as simple as that. Unfortunately for me, I was "blessed" with naturally pale (and I mean PALE) skin. When I go to the store for makeup, I'm that girl that gets everything in the lightest shade possible.

The time that I mind the paleness the most is in the summer. I hate tanning beds because I don't want to be 30 looking like I'm 50, and I don't have the time to lay out in the sun for a little bit each day. Not to mention, I don't tan naturally very well either. I was blessed...

For the past couple years, I've been on the hunt for the perfect tan in a bottle. I've tried numerous brands and products and although I've come across a few OK's, I decided the other day to try Avon's "Skin So Soft" product. That was a big mistake. I thought I'd be smart to test the product on the top of my right foot. Just to see if I liked the color. If I did, I would do it on a bigger portion of my skin - like both of my legs for example since everyone is wearing jeans still where I'm at. My foot was fine after a few hours, so I impatiently just did it all over my legs... {must learn patience}. I'm now sitting here with a rash from the top of my feet all the way up to my butt. Apparently my body does not like "Skin So Soft" and now where there is a hair pore, there is a red bump that BURNS! I've been drugged up on Benedril for the last 3 days and there is finally a slight improvement in my skin.

Whatever is in the stuff that I'm allergic to, I probably shouldnt be around it! I was sitting in the shower {to lazy to stand up} and had my arms sitting on my legs. Well, the rash spread to both arms... yay me!

Note to self: never use that product again. Also, kind of jealous of those that can, because the color was actually somewhat decent.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Day Mouthwash Became My Best Friend

While {trying to} park my car in the garage today, I accidently pulled up too far and hit our snow plow. Crap. I got out of my car and looked to see if I did any damage to my car. There was what seemed to be a mark that could be buffered out so I did the follow:

Lick finger... rub mark on car... lick same finger... rub mark some more... frustrated that the mark was not coming off, I proceeded to lick the same finger again... rubbed the mark.

As I was rubbing the mark for the third {and last} time, I realized something: I havent washed my car since it began snowing back in October and I probably just licked my finger where about a million bugs had splattered! You should've seen me after this realization. It went a little like this:

Disgusted face... stuck tongue out... began wiping my tonuge off with sleeve... upset with with the result, I spit a couple times... continue thoughts of disgustingness {probably not a word} led me to rinsing my mouth with mouthwash. Awww, much better!

Next time, I must think before I act!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


The reason why I haven't wrote in my blog for the past couple weeks (up until a couple days ago) has been because I've been busy starting my website for my photography. CSS code sucks by the way. Anyways, I've been designing it, editing pictures to post on the site, and figuring out pricing for individual prints. It's been a fun experience thus far and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me with my new career choice. I pray I make it.

Mister has been so supportive. He is wonderful. He is always asking to see pictures right after they've been edited and when he's really impressed by one he gets all excited for me. I'm always hearing the words, "Good job!" come from his mouth. It's wonderful having a positive person in my life. I'm so very blessed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Undoing the Not So Healthy Habits

I have a sweet tooth. It has brought much happiness to my taste buds, but much anger to the butt region of my body. Apparently, it has also brought my digestive system a lot of discomfort as well. Did you know that if your digestive system is out of wack, it messes up your ovaries which messes up your bladder. Consider that to be your new fact of the day if you didnt!

Before I knew of this new fact of ours, I went to the doctor for the horrible pain I was having in both ovaries. The last doctor I visited finally asked me some questions that actually made me bright red in the face:

What did you have for dinner last night: Ummm well, I ended up munching on some chips and what not. I just wasn't in the mood to sit down and have a nice dinner. I usually always eat really healthy though! {The things you tell a doctor...}.

What did you have this morning for breakfast: {Thoughts of uh oh popped into my head...} I had a protein bar. {lie! I had a nutty bar - close enough, eh?}.

What did you have for lunch today? {face starting to turn red... think of something healthy to say and quick!} Umm, one of those frozen weight watcher meals. {lie! Was that seriously my best excuse?! Truth is, I hadn't ate yet - I planned on doing so after my visit}.

Long story short, apparently my digestive system was starting to not work properly due to my diet {lack there of} and so she gave me rules to follow by {some that I have been slacking on} and said that once my nutrition gets back in order, everything will correct itself. If it didnt in three weeks, I had to go back so they could look at my organs. Lucky for me, no more pain!

Since this wake up call of mine, I've been eating really good lately. I'm making this my new lifestyle. I actually have always wanted to eat healthy, but its so easy to fall back on junk food when its such an convienence to my busy day. I've learned that planning things out is a much healthier way to go. Making meals ahead when I actually have the time and eating them when I'm short on it. Overall, I just feel happier about myself!

So thank you all for your concerns and thoughts! I'm all better :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Email Annoyance

Most people I've talked to have said that the most annoying part of planning a wedding is everyones ideas being thrown out there and how magically everyone you haven't talked to you in the last five years shows up and wants to be a special guest at the wedding. Now, I've experienced both of these already, and yes, it's quite annoying, but do you want to know what is even more annoying? Venues/photography sites/caterers/floral shops/etc that say, "Please contact us for pricing and more information" smack dab on their website. I'm a bride gosh darnit and I have a million things to attend to. Sending an email to about a hundred places to see if they're in my price range, is not my cup of tea nor is it on my list of fun doing. It's annoying!

End rant.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


To put things simple: life's been hectic.  
Mister is doing well. Things with us are great. It's been hard to see each other as much as we use to on Skype with all of his deployment training, but we make it work. This whole deployment thing just sucks. He doesnt have an official date yet, but the month has been pushed up and the whole thing has now been extended. We're looking at a fantastic (cue sarcasm) 9 - 10 month deployment. Crappy. I'm sure it will change again another ten times. I'd be surprised if it wasn't more, but isn't that how the military goes?

I think for the first time, Mister's upcoming deployment has really started to get to me. Not in the sense of, "I don't know if I can do this." I know I can. More in the sense of, "I don't want to lose him." Normal, I know. It's his job and he's darn good at it. Sometimes I just wonder how I'm going to take it all. Will I be able to sleep at night or am I going to go almost a year with bad dreams and baggy eyes? Am I going to cry every day or will I just have my moments? Everyone is different I suppose, but it would just be nice to know how I was going to handle with it so that I could prepare myself for... well, myself.

The one thing I look forward to (rather him stay, but make best of the situation right?) is creating and sending care packages. Aren't they fun? While Mister was stationed at Japan, I learned how to do them real good and yet real cheap. The key: Dollar Tree and buying bulk. Both really do wonders on the bank account. It's nice just knowing that, that box is going to be in my loves hand some time after I send it and it will bring a smile to his face. How I would do anything to see that smile.

The other thing I look forward to, homecoming. From the day "I'll see you later" begins, so will the countdown to that first kiss. I've become obsessed with the show "Coming Home". Although I informed Mister that more Marines need to do some surprising because there has definitely been a lack of them on the show. He was too busy laughing his butt off at Jackass 3 to care what I was talking about, but his laughter brought a smile to my face and so I didn't really care. Like I said, I would do anything to see that smile.
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